cowboys and cars are the subjects of current and upcoming reality TV shows.

cowboys and cars are the subjects of current and upcoming reality TV shows.

In CMT’s Cowboy U 2004, “four men and four women … said goodbye to modern conveniences such as phones and indoor showers for life on a real working ranch.” They’ll participate in a “final challenge where they must rope a steer, barrel race and ride a 1,200-pound live bull in hopes of earning the $25,000 cash prize and custom-made Cowboy U 2004 saddle.” Three episodes air back-to-back tomorrow night starting at 9 p.m. ET, with two more episodes airing on the following Fridays. The show concludes Feb. 6.

Meanwhile, a bunch of new shows focus on cars in one way or another. Joining shows such as Monster Garage and American Chopper will be American Hot Rod on the Discovery channel. There’s also Overhaulin’ on TLC, which is a sort of Trading Spaces for cars. Finally, Spike TV is also airing The Reality of Speed, which follows “young members of two teams on the NASCAR circuit,” according to Newsday’s wrap-up of the programs.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.